How to Get an Orchid Plant to Grow Flowers


Orchids are exotic flowers that typically are used as houseplants. When orchids are first purchased or received as gifts, they usually are blooming or about to bloom. Thereafter, many orchid owners never see their plants bloom again. This need not be the case. With a bit of investigation about your particular orchid and some changes, your orchid can bloom again for you.

Step 1

Determine if the orchids are getting enough light. If the leaves are dark green, it usually signals that the orchid is not getting enough light. Insufficient light is the main reason most orchids do not bloom.

Step 2

Give your orchids more light, if necessary. A south-facing window sill is the sunniest area of the home. A sun room, or even an east-or-west-facing window may provide sufficient light for your orchid plant. North-facing windows rarely provide enough light. Consider pruning the trees or bushes outside if they are obstructing sunlight from reaching the inside of your home where your orchids are located.

Step 3

Move your plants 1 or 2 feet at a time if the orchid needs more light. Too much light can burn the leaves.

Step 4

Move the orchid plants at night to a cooler location for about 4 weeks to see if it helps initiate a new flower stem. Orchids like cooler temperatures at night--about 8 to 10 degrees F less than daytime temperatures.

Step 5

Fertilize the plants with an orchid food and follow the manufacturer's directions and dosing amounts exactly. Orchid food usually is administered monthly.

Things You'll Need

  • Orchid food


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Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.